Starters and plenaries

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Area and perimeter – compound shapes (6)
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Basic numeracy (4)
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Binomial probability distribution (2)
Calculator skills (9)  New resource!
Cartesian coordinates (6)
Christmas (5)
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Collecting like terms (4)
Complex numbers (2)
Composite functions (2)
Compound measures (7)
Conditional probability (1)
Constructions (3)
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Coordinate geometry (1)
Coordinates - midpoint and gradient (1)
Cubic equations - factorising (1)
Data collection and sampling (7)
Decimals (14)  New resource!
Differentiation (9)
Dominoes, loop cards and treasure hunts (38)
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Expanding/factorising single brackets (7)
Experimental probability (6)
Factor theorem (3)
Factorising polynomials (1)
Formulae and substitution (16)
Fractions – equivalent, mixed and improper (9)  New resource!
Fractions – fraction calculations (9)
Fractions – fractions of amounts (7)  New resource!
Fractions/decimals/percentages (10)
Functions (5)
Geometric probability distribution (2)
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Graphs and charts – mixed (2)
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Indices (12)
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Inequalities (4)
Integration (6)
Inverse operations (3)
Kinematics in one dimension (1)
Linear equations (12)
Linear graphs – finding the equation of a line (6)
Linear graphs – gradients (4)
Linear graphs – plotting and sketching (11)
Linear graphs – vertical and horizontal lines (2)
Loci (1)
Logarithms (5)
Maths in context (7)
Matrices (1)
Measuring angles (7)
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Metric units (10)
Metric/imperial conversion (5)
Multiplication and division (21)
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Negative numbers (6)
Non-linear graphs – circles (1)
Non-linear graphs – natural exponents and logarithms (1)
Non-linear graphs – quadratics and cubics (6)
Non-linear graphs – sin, cos and tan (1)
Number patterns (3)
Number properties – factor pairs (3)
Number properties – HCF / LCM (5)
Number properties – mixed (14)
Number properties – multiples (2)
Number properties – prime factors (5)
Number properties – primes (2)
Order of operations (BIDMAS) (8)
Percentages – compound percentages (7)
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Percentages – simple percentages (16)
Pick's Theorem (2)
Place value (2)
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Powers of 10 (5)
Probability scales (4)
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Proof (2)
Puzzles and games (15)
Pythagoras' theorem (9)
Quadratics – completing the square (1)
Quadratics – factorising and expanding (9)
Quadratics – solving quadratics (2)
Quadratics – the quadratic equation (2)
Question generators (3)
Radians (1)
Ratio and proportion (10)
Real-life graphs (2)
Relative frequency (1)
Revision (66)
Revision cards (18)
Rich tasks (29)
Rounding and estimating (8)
Sample space (4)
Sequences - special types (4)
Sequences – nth term (8)
Sequences – term to term (9)
Similar shapes (1)
Simultaneous equations (6)
Sketching curves (1)
Solids and nets – 3D geometry (2)
Solids and nets – 3D representations (2)
Solids and nets – identifying 3D shapes (7)
Spatial reasoning (2)
Spearman's rank coefficient (1)
Standard form (5)
Statistical indexes (2)
Substitution (6)
Surds (4)
Symmetry (5)
Tessellation (1)
The number e (1)
Theoretical probability (17)
Time, timetables and planning (3)
Transformations - rotation (1)
Transformations - translation (1)
Transformations of functions (7)
Transformations – enlargement (3)
Transformations – mixed (8)
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Trial and improvement (1)
Trigonometry or Pythagoras? (5)
Trigonometry – area of a triangle (2)
Trigonometry – sine and cosine rules (3)
Trigonometry – SOHCAHTOA (11)
Trigonometry – triangles and diagrams (5)
Trigonometry – trigonometric identities (2)
Types of numbers (10)
Using scales (1)
Vectors (2)  New resource!
Venn diagrams (1)
Volume and surface area (11)

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